Posted by: myroadtoemmaus | July 23, 2008

currently on my bedstand

Currently on my bedstand…

If you haven’t read this book, I strongly, strongly recommend it!!  It is rocking my world  these days.  Just this morning, I was reading Tozer’s perspective about the tragedy of knowing about God in theory while missing out on the personal and intimate experience of His love.  He writes, “According to [that type of Christianity’s] teachings we are in the presence of God positionally, and nothing is said about the need to experience that Presence actually.  The fiery urge that drove men like McCheyne is wholly missing.  And the present generation of Christians measures itself by this imperfect rule.  Ignoble contentment takes the place of burning zeal.  We are satisfied to rest in our judicial possessions and, for the most part, we bother ourselves very little about the absence of personal experience.” 

Talk about conviction!  How often do I settle for knowing how I stand legally (ie forgiven, justifed, redeemed), as Tozer puts it, and fail to enter into the holy of holies to actually encounter the Man who settled the case by His precious blood?  Tozer’s premise throughout the first few chapters is that “the impulse to pursue God originates with God, but the outworking of that impulse is our following hard after Him.” 

One of my primary realizations since being out here is that the mysteries of God are infinite.  Have you ever wondered why those four living creatures in the throneroom of God (Rev. 4) have a zillion eyes?  Why would they need so many?  And why would they cry out “Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty, Who was and is and is to come!” day in and day out?  Could it be that God really is captivating?  Fascinating?  Intriguing and mysterious?  If so, then why is the Church seemingly so bored?  And by saying the Church, I am including myself.  For one of my largest struggles, to be brutally honest, is that I spend a lot of mornings in the Prayer Room battling boredom.  Now I know that God is not a boring God.  So what is the problem?  Could Tozer be right?  Could it be that we have become complacent in our legal position as children of God while missing out on God’s invitation to come closer… and deeper… and higher?

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